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Service Learning: Operation Smile

As part of their CAS Service work some of our Year 12 and 13 students will work together to raise awareness of Operation Smile in our school once again.

The St Andrews International School Bangkok Operation Smile club will be re-launched this week in High School. As part of their CAS Service work some of our Year 12 and 13 students will work together to raise awareness of Operation Smile in our school once again. In previous years, students have worked on promoting the work carried out by Operation Smile and have travelled on some of the Operation Smile missions to see the work that this organisation carries out. Our new club will meet regularly to organise events to raise awareness of the important work that Operation Smile is involved in.

Some Operation Smile facts

  • In as little as 60 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child's life forever.

  • Approximately one in every 700 babies in Thailand is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.

  • A cleft lip or cleft palate operation costs approximately 25,000THB.

  • Untreated cleft lips and/or cleft palates are far more common in rural Thailand than urban areas.

  • Children with facial deformities who do not receive reconstructive surgery often have difficulty breathing, drinking, eating and speaking. As a result, many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological problems.

  • Since 1982, more than 140,000 children and young adults have been treated by thousands of Operation Smile volunteers worldwide and thousands of healthcare professionals have been trained globally

Operation Smile Thailand has treated over 7,000 children since 1997.